Nomination Process

Check back in the spring for information about the 2018 Call for Nominations

More Prizes, Annual Prize of $1 Million, and a Category for Youth Teams!

The Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) has added to the existing prize, created an annual $1 million prize, and a category dedicated to Youth. The total prize amount has been increased to up to $3 million, which will be shared annually by up to 10 winning teams, depending on the number and quality of nominations and the funds available.  These improvements will help the AIP further increase the accessibility and reach of the prize across all regions of the Canadian North.


The AIP is for the North and by the North, with generous support from the South. It encourages, enables and celebrates achievements of the peoples of the North.

The AIP inspires team building and encourages these teams to develop innovative projects that provide a near-term benefit to Arctic communities. It enables teams to carry out projects, celebrates their achievements and, in so doing, inspires others to follow suit.

Relevance to the North

The AIP covers any opportunities or challenges that are of importance to the Canadian Arctic and its peoples. A project can have one or more focus areas such as, but not limited to, education, training, health and wellness, environment and climate change, recreation, tourism, culture and economic development.

Team Building

The AIP brings together people from different disciplines and backgrounds to break down barriers, collaborate and harness collective strengths. These diverse teams can consist of Northerners and Southerners, Youth and Elders, Northern communities, grassroots groups, industry, governments, and the research, philanthropy, culture and education communities.

Knowledge to Innovative Action

The AIP transforms knowledge into immediate, impactful and innovative action with a direct and lasting effect in northern communities.

  • Knowledge can be based in traditional knowledge, scientific research and/or practical knowledge, e.g. from a small pilot project.
  • Outcomes are secular, non-ideological and have a direct and lasting impact in Northern communities.
  • Actions are innovative and not simply a continuation, expansion or repetition in another location of an already established project/program or a one-time event such as a conference. If building on an existing initiative, the proposed expansion needs to bring substantial new team members, partners, objectives and deliverables.
  • Geographically, the impact of the proposed action plan needs to take place in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut.

Cause Instead of Symptoms

The AIP addresses the cause of an Arctic issue rather than its symptoms. For example, a project that aims to prevent an oil spill addresses the cause, and therefore would qualify for the prize. Alternatively, a project that intends to clean up an oil spill would not qualify, as it seeks to address the symptoms. This also applies to socioeconomic and human health issues.


The goal of this chart is to provide you with an overview of the differences between the new prize categories for 2017. It will help you to choose which category best fits the scope of your project. For a more detailed description of each category, please review the Nomination Guides.

Check back in the spring for the 2018 Nomination Guides and Templates